Disputed Croell mining operation hearing rescheduled
RAPID CITY, SD — The Pennington County Planning Commission has cancelled a hearing concerning a controversial mining application by Croell Redi-Mix.
The public hearing was originally scheduled for January 8, 2019. The Planning Commission will announce a new date for the hearing next week on Tuesday, January 14th.
Croell, which produces ready-made concrete products, has requested permission to expand limestone mining operations at the Perli Quarry off Highway 16.
The request was met with public outcry from members of the community who worry that the expansion would deter tourism and create dangerous road conditions.
Opponents are mainly concerned that the mining operation would significantly increase commercial truck traffic at a steep and curvy section of the highway.
They also worry the trucks will kick up dust and leave gravel on the highway that could impact motorcycles traveling at higher speeds.
Croell Redi-Mix applied for the same mining permits in 2016, but the commission rejected the requests, which were met by similar public opposition at the time.